Heights of Poetry

Our 2017 theme of The Heights of Poetry considers how poetry engages with Scotland’s high places, and the poetic connections between Scotland’s hills and mountains and those elsewhere.

We’ll also reflect on the connection between hill climbing and poetry, as well as considering more generally the heights and depths of poetry.

Orcadians: Seven Impromptus »

Artist Simon Manfield responds to the work of the poet George Mackay Brown

Tue 7 February | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 4 Gallery

An Roghainn / The Choice »

A tribute to Sorley MacLean through photographic images by Alastair Jackson and poetry by Kenneth Steven

Mon 27 February | 09:00 - 17:00 | FREE | J & G Innes Ltd, Booksellers, South Street

Lines of Ascent »

An all-day workshop with Helen Mort

Tue 28 February | 10:30 - 15:30 | £30.00/£25.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street

After Hugh Miller »

New poems responding to Hugh Miller’s legacy

Wed 1 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

A Mountain to Climb »

Mountain poems from the Poetry Map of Scotland

Wed 1 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, and around town

Suspended by a line »

Poetry gears up for a climb

Wed 1 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 2 Foyer

The Scores »

Poetry lifted off the page

Wed 1 March | 10:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street

GeoPoems »

Poems from the GeoBus and StAnza Haiku Competition 2017 for mountain-themed poems

Wed 1 March | 18:00 - 22:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Level 1 & 2 Foyers

Flying Heich »

A view from the air: linocuts in progress with work from William Hershaw and Fiona Morton

Thu 2 March | 11:00 - 17:00 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street, Upstairs gallery

Border Crossings »

Reading: David Wilson, Janette Ayachi

Thu 2 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.00/£3.00 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Supper Room

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: The Heights of Poetry »

With Mark Goodwin, Norman BissellÁsta Fanney Sigurðardóttir and Elodie Laügt

Fri 3 March | 10:00 - 11:00 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Studio Theatre

Border Crossings »

Reading: James McGonigal, Mark Goodwin

Fri 3 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.00/£3.00 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Supper Room

Border Crossings »

Reading: Norman Bissell, Kayo Chingonyi

Fri 3 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.00/£3.00 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Supper Room

Meet the Artist »

Meet the poets from the After Hugh Miller installation

Sat 4 March | 12:15 - 13:00 | FREE | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room

In Conversation: Hamish Brown and Jim Crumley »

Two well-known Scottish nature writers discuss poetry, travel and seeking high places

Sat 4 March | 15:30 - 16:30 | £7.00/£5.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Meet the Artist »

Meet William Hershaw, Fiona Morton and Hugh Bryden, the poet, artist and designer behind the Flying Heich exhibition

Sun 5 March | 12:15 - 13:15 | FREE | The Preservation Trust Museum, North Street